This is CLISP, a Common Lisp implementation.
What is LISP?
LISP is a programming language. It was invented by J. McCarthy in 1959.
There have been many dialects of it, but nowadays LISP has been standardized
and wide-spread due to the industrial standard COMMON LISP. There are
applications in the domains of symbolic knowledge processing (AI), numerical
mathematics (MACLISP yielded numerical code as good as FORTRAN), and
widely used programs like editors (EMACS) and CAD (AUTOCAD).
There is an introduction to the language:
Sheila Hughes: Lisp. Pitman Publishing Limited, London 1986.
After a while wou will need the standard text containing the language
Guy L. Steele Jr.: Common Lisp - The Language. Digital Press.
1. edition 1984, 465 pages.
2. edition 1990, 1032 pages.
LISP is run in an interactive environment. You input forms, and they will be
evaluated at once. Thus you can inspect variables, call functions with given
arguments or define your own functions.
It consists of the following files:
lisp.exe main program
lispinit.mem memory image needed for startup
clisp.1 manual page in Unix man format
clisp.man manual page
clisp.dvi manual page in dvi format
impnotes.html implementation notes
emx-user.doc emx applications user's guide
emx.dll OS/2 dynamic link library containing emx
emxlibc.dll OS/2 dynamic link library containing the emx libc
README this text
SUMMARY short description of CLISP
COPYRIGHT copyright notice
GNU-GPL free software license
config.lisp site-dependent configuration
and - to your convenience, if you like reading source -
*.lisp the source of lispinit.mem
*.fas the same files, already compiled
This OS/2 version of CLISP requires an 80386 (SX or DX) or an 80486 CPU,
running OS/2 2.0.
First of all, install emx.dll and emxlibc.dll in a separate directory,
say c:\emx\dll. Add c:\emx\dll (insert the correct drive letter)
to the LIBPATH statement in your config.sys file. Reboot your computer
to enable the new LIBPATH statement and the new environment variables.
Edit the contents of config.lisp appropriately for your site,
especially the definitions of short-site-name and long-site-name.
You may also want to edit the time zone definition in defs1.lisp.
lisp.exe -M lispinit.mem
When the LISP prompt
and - in case you modified defs1.lisp -
to overwrite the file lispinit.mem with your configuration. Then
Then create a directory, and put the executable and the memory image there.
Assuming D:\LIB\LISP :
copy lisp.exe d:\lib\lisp
copy lispinit.mem d:\lib\lisp
And create a batch file that starts lisp:
copy con c:\bat\clisp.bat
d:\lib\lisp\lisp.exe -M d:\lib\lisp\lispinit.mem %1 %2 %3 %4 %5 %6 %7 %8 %9
Normally CLISP's ED function calls the editor you specified in config.lisp.
However, after you did
it invokes a builtin screen editor. It is a bit Emacs-like: you can evaluate
lisp expressions from within the editor, and the result is pasted into the
editor buffer. Type Alt-H to see the full set of commands.
When you encounter problems:
If clisp doesn't start up at all, check EMX-USER.DOC. lisp.exe is an EMX
application, so everything mentioned there applies to lisp.exe.
After errors, you are in the debugger:
1. Break> _
You can evaluate forms, as usual. Furthermore:
climbs up to next higher input loop
shows the contents of the stack, helpful for debugging
And you can look at the values of the variables of the functions where the
On bigger problems, e.g. register dumps, please send a description of the error
and how to produce it reliably to the authors.
There is a mailing list for users of CLISP. It is the proper forum for
questions about CLISP, installation problems, bug reports, application
For information about the list and how to subscribe it, send mail to
firstname.lastname@example.org, with the two lines
in the message body.
If you find CLISP fast and bug-free and you like using it, a gift of $25
(or any amount you like) will be appreciated. Most DOS software costs
something, so you will probably already be used to paying.
If not, feel free to send us suggestions for improvement. Or grab the
source of CLISP, improve it yourself and send us your patches.
We are indebted to
* Guy L. Steele and many others for the Common Lisp specification.
* Richard Stallman's GNU project for GCC and the readline library.
* Eberhard Mattes for EMX.
Bruno Haible Michael Stoll
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